• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why Normans Built Castles and Cathedrals in England

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why Normans Built Castles and Cathedrals in England Starting with the most important and finishing with the least important, this Is my list on 'Why Norman's built Castles and in England. * For protection * To make the Town and surrounding areas a lot stronger * To demonstrate their power * To keep Law and Order The Normans mainly built Castles for protection. A Castle in a Town or Village would be very important to the villagers, and if you lived inside the castle. In the Bailey you would be in an even stronger position. Castles are strong because a lot of them are made from stone, and stone doesn't burn at all. This meant the attackers would find it a lot harder to attack. Norman people were very rich indeed, so they also spent lots of money building castles and cathedrals to demonstrate their power. ...read more.

Middle

If you were good most of your life you would go to Heaven once you have died. Heaven is a place of happiness and similar to today. But on the other hand you went to Hell, you a supposed to tortured and burnt and eaten. The Norman Kings would always go to church so that they didn't end up in Hell. Normans also built cathedral to show off how rich they were, and to show off how good architects they were. If you can afford such good designs, you must be rich. Why Normans built a Castle and Cathedral in Rochester The Normans mainly built a castle and cathedral in England for the same reasons as before. But also a castle was built in Rochester for trading up and down The River Medway. The River Medway led all the way to London, so it was very important to the trading business. ...read more.

Conclusion

An Archbishop called William de Corbiel built the Keep in 1127. The keep is the last resort of defence. This would be very hard to penetrate considering it is made from stone. The Keep is 113 ft (34m) from top to parapet, and then has four and turrets rising another 12ft. (3.7m) The walls are 12ft thick and made out of solid stone. Below the entrance there are two floors below. This is the Basement. Originally it could only be reached by a narrow passageway and steps leading down from the keep. This is its only mean of light. On the first floor there would probably be a great chamber. On this floor there were four windows, each spread fairly far apart. There would be big and small holes. The big holes were used for dropping large and hot liquids down, and the archers used the smaller holes. This was a good matter of defence. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. History - Castles Coursework

    When the castle became a home a lot of the defensive features were removed and replaced with non-defensive features, finally after the castle was used for defence, as an administrative centre and a home it then became a tourist attraction for people today.

  2. How far is it possible to say when Wollaton hall was built?

    By looking at the Kip and Knyff painting from 1707, we can see that little changes have taken place to Wollaton hall since the sketch was created. Also from the painting we get a clear idea of what the grounds and gardens looked like back in 1588.

  1. Why was a castle built and maintained in York?

    The improvement in travel made the museum and castle accessible for people from other areas of the country. The castles uses began to incline, using the museum to produce an income, whilst at the same time presenting York's history to people from all around the world.

  2. How did WW2 effect civilians in England and Wales

    from behind enemy lines concerning the fate of friends and relatives who hadn't return from bombing raids over Germany. As a result, Allied troops and civilians frequently listened to Lord Haw-Haw's broadcasts in spite of the sometimes infuriating content and frequent inaccuracies and exaggerations, in the hope of finding clues about the fate of troops and air crews.

  1. Like most castles in the South of England, all of the changes at Portchester ...

    They had created a huge perimeter wall with a ditch surrounding for defence. On the big surrounding wall, there were huge towers. The castle also had gate houses. During this time period, the Romans used Porchester Castle for storage. Porchester Castle was built by the Romans to protect Roman Britain from the Saxon Invaders.

  2. Introduction To Castles

    These more substantial buildings soon became home to the Lord and his retainers. It is an axiom of military design that each improvement in design creates its own destruction as the attacker soon learns to overcome the latest technology. Thus castle building became a never ending program of updating to create defensive protection.

  1. Two Steps Forward……

    The battle has been constant between the fearless revisionists and their skittish orthodox counterparts who have been steadily losing ground since the scientific method was developed. For the most part, the regular defeat of the modern forces of orthodoxy can be attributed to the secondary significance of the ideals which are being challenged.

  2. During the Medieval Period why was it important for nobles to build castles?

    In return for this, the lord promised to provide knights for his overlord's wars and for the protection of his castles. A lord's allegiance was supposed to always be to their overlord, but there were always battles for land and wealth and soon a lord could rival the power of his superior.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work